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Tea Tree Oil and Head Lice

Tea Tree Oil and Head Lice

There are lots of home remedies out there.  Just check the internet but how many work?  Let’s talk tea tree oil and head lice.  We have had many clients say they have used tea tree oil because they didn’t want to use drug store products.  It is great that they were trying to avoid using products that just don’t work and can be harmful to your family.  These clients experience with tea tree oil failed and ended up coming to us for service.  The bottom line is tea tree oil just doesn’t work for treating head lice.

Tea tree oil also known as Melaleuca alternifolia has been used for head lice over the years.  Many people have said using this works in treating head lice.  Yes, tea tree oil does play a role in prevention but not in the treatment of lice.

It is important to realize the difference between a treatment and prevention using tea tree oil.   If you have lice and use tea tree oil the lice will not leave your head because they don’t like the scent.   It does not have anything in it to work as a smothering agent.  People will apply it and leave it on thinking it will suffocate the lice.  This is not the case and it does nothing to get rid of lice and eggs.

The active lice fighting ingredient that is tea tree oil and the lice have built a resistance.  This is because lice have built a resistance to common insecticides such as permethrin which is in various products you can purchase from the drug store.  The bottom line is that tea tree oil as a treatment doesn’t work.

Does tea tree oil work as a preventative? The answer is yes.  Mixing tree oil with water and spritzing on your childs when there is an outbreak at school,  daycare or camp does help.  Though you do have to remember nothing is 100% but it is a scent that the lice don’t like.  Some people put it in shampoo or buy tea tree oil shampoo.  This is a waste of money as when you rinse the hair the scent goes down the drain.  A scent will last up to six hours, so you want to spritz your childs head, coat and backpack just before they head out the door.

The bottom line is that treating head lice with tea tree oil doesn’t work but you can use it as a preventative.  Please note that tea tree oil is poisonous and must be diluted for use.  If you are looking for an alternative to make your own preventative use mint or lavender oil.  It is important to check weekly so that if your child does get head lice you will be able to take care of it quickly.  Not sure your child has lice?  Lice Services Canada can help.   Call 613-482-1432.

7 reason why you should use natural, pesticide-free lice shampoo.

Why Choose Pesticide Free Head Lice Shampoo?

Why? Because children of any age or size are vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides. They also often have pregnant or nursing mothers who should never be exposed to pesticide treatments either by applying them to themselves or to others.

Why? Because too many people, unfortunately, overuse pesticide/drugstore products out of fear and frustration without adequate warning of the risks to themselves and the environment.

Why? Because each of us has our own unique vulnerabilities. Pesticide products can accumulate in the human body and they are not necessarily washed away at the end of the treatment, as people would like to think.

Why? Because the overuse of lice products can predispose a person to adverse reactions with even one additional chemical exposure.

Why? Because it’s not worth taking unnecessary risks when the bottom line will always be the manual removal of lice and nits.

Why? Because none of the available pesticide/drugstore product treatments are 100% effective.  Many of these products claim to kill the lice and eggs but there is nothing on the market that kills the eggs.  You must manually remove all the eggs to be successful.

Why? Because everyone needs a non-pesticide way to screen and detect head lice early and remove them safely and effectively. Using Lice Services Canada professional nit comb is a great checking and removal tool to use.

 

Lice Services Canada only uses non-pesticide natural lice products.  These products and our skilled technicians will ensure that all lice and eggs will be removed safely and effectively.  Call us for details at 613-482-1432.

What are Lice, louse, nymph, nits eggs?

Nits? Nymphs? Louse? Lice? OH MY!

One of the most frustrating things about lice is the terminology around it.  Lice, louse, nymph, nits, eggs?  What the heck is all of this?  With the confusion of what is what is also leads to misunderstandings, myths circulating, and unsuccessful treatments being done.  Let’s go through the proper terminology so that you can know what is happening and get the right answers for lice treatment that will be successful.

Louse—It is one bug and it can be male or female.  A female adult louse will lay 3-5 eggs/day during her 30-day lifetime.

Lice —It is the plural louse.

Nymphs—They are the newly hatched lice.  Babies and they need 1 week to mature into an adult.  When first hatched they will stay near where they were hatched to feed.  They have 3 stages to go through before becoming an adult but.  When first hatched they are very, very tiny and translucent. Their colour will change as they feed and start to grow.

Nits—This is where a lot of the confusion comes in.  Many people think the eggs are called nits.  Some people think the lice are called nits.  A nit is an empty egg.  It is left behind on the hair shaft after the louse has hatched.  This empty egg isn’t white, but it is a translucent colour and will still be attached to the hair shaft.

Eggs—This is the right term for a louse egg that has not been hatched.  It takes 7 days for an egg to hatch.  Eggs are glued to one side of the hair shaft, are tear-shaped and brownish/caramel in colour.  Eggs are located very close to the scalp.

Now that you know the right terminology you can make informed decisions on lice removal and treatment.  It is important to know what treatments are effective and treatments just don’t work.   Many products will confuse you with their claims about killing nits or eggs   There are no products on the market that kill eggs though that is what is stated on many products you buy in the drug store.  There are many myths about treatment which can be found on our Myth Page.   It is important that when you discover lice that you don’t panic and do the research and get the right information on lice removal.

We recommend natural products and professional lice combs to safely treat your family.  If you don’t have time we can do it for you at our clinic or in your home.  Call 613-482-1432 for details.

Natural Lice Treatment

Lice is often regarded as a very scary and frustrating situation to happen. But if you know how to the process of lice treatment is done it really does take fear and frustration out of the equation.  Lice treatment is a process of using good lice products and reduction combing.

Step 1

The first thing you need to know is that not all lice products are created equal. What is the active ingredient of lice treatment shampoos? Is it an pesticide? Insecticide? These are some of the active ingredients in most lice treatment products you buy at the drug store. To be successful in lice removal and treatment you need to pick products that are a plant based enzyme. This will ensure you are not exposing your family to harmful chemicals.

Step 2

The second step is having a good lice removal comb. Again not all of these are created equal. The best comb on the market is metal with a micogroove.  This will allow you to remove the eggs and lice successfully.

A successful lice treatment strategy is to be diligent and remember there are no quick fixes for lice removal. See the steps for this lice treatment strategy.

When you are empowered with a lice treatment strategy it will help you be successful when doing lice removal on your own. But this sometimes can be time-consuming when you aren’t a lice removal professional so remember we are here to help. Call us at 613-482-1432 with all your questions we are happy to share all our lice knowledge with you.

One Time Head Lice Treatment Solution

Permanent Solution or One Time Solution for lice treatment are myths and are only marketing strategies that give false hope of a solution for head lice.

There is no products or services available for families to use and be lice free in one treatment.  Here are the reasons why One and Done Lice Treatment or One Time Lice Solutions don’t work:

  • If a company claims a product that work one time –ask them why they need to comb out and why do you have to continue to comb?  This means that the product is not 100% effective. These one time lice removal solutions can also be very expensive.
  • Some companies guarantee this process for 3 weeks or 1 month.  That is not long enough.  This allows these companies to claim a new infestation but reality is that the One Time Solution or One and Done didn’t work.  You want 100% guarantee.
  • Drug store products also make these claims that you are done in one treatment.  They claim to kill lice and lice eggs but their instructions tell you that all eggs must be removed.   This is not 100% effective.

Because of these myths about One Time Solutions, Permanent Lice Solutions or One and Done I often get question:Why does my daughter/son keep getting lice? It is because these types of products/services aren’t getting the job 100% done.   It seems that the child keeps getting lice when they were never cleared the infestation in the 1st place. 

Lice treatment and removal can be frustrating understandably people are looking for a quick fix.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way, there are no quick fixes.  Lice removal and treatment is a process of using pesticide free lice shampoo plus a professional comb and a process of reduction combing.   At Lice Services Canada we understand lice, the science behind lice and lice removal.  Make sure to ask questions and the products or services.  Don’t fall for the One Time Soluton or One and Done lice treatment.

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Checking for Lice – How to Detect, Diagnose and Prevent Lice

How to Check for Lice - Lice Services Canada

1. Verify if it’s really lice.  Not sure?  Send a picture to our experts for a free diagnosis!

2. Getting rid of lice, requires three products:

  • A professional pesticide-free lice shampoo – such as Lice Services Canada lice shampoo.
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Professional lice removal comb with microgrooves to remove both lice and eggs (nits).

3. Don’t forget that if you don’t remove the eggs, they will hatch into lice again…who lay eggs… and the cycle continues!

4. Following the directions on the LSC shampoo, make sure you apply and massage the product on the scalp and let it sit for at least 1 hour.

5. Divide the hair into 4 sections – you should only be working on one section at a time.

6. Add conditioner to make the comb move smoothly through the hair when removing the lice.

7. Wipe the comb on a white paper towel to see what has been removed.  Not sure about what you are seeing?  Send us a picture to assess if you’re correctly getting rid of the lice.

8. After finishing completely the combing step, thoroughly rinse your hair.

9. Don’t forget to treat your environment too! Smaller items such as clothes, pillows or sheets should be put in the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat. Larger items such as couches, car seats and helmets should be vacuumed. Items that cannot be vacuumed or put in the dryer should be put away for 48h.

10. Do another comb out again 2 days later, this time using only conditioner.

11. About 3 to 5 days after the initial treatment, do another one.

12. Repeat this schedule until you have 2 clear comb outs 3 days apart – otherwise, the lice might return!

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13. Too busy? Anxious? Need help to get rid of the lice? Let us do all the work for you in a fraction of the time! Call us at 613-482-1432 

How to Get Rid of Lice – Quickly, Safely and Effectively

Your child complains of an itchy head and won’t stop scratching! You have avoided the inevitable long enough –it is time to verify if it might be lice.  Take out the magnifying glass and without touching the hair take a look at the crown and around the ears to see if you see any movement. Touching the hair may cause them to scurry for cover and you will have a harder time to find them.

Still not sure?  Send a picture to our experts for a free diagnosis!

What do I need to know?

  • To efficiently and effectively get rid of lice, you need to purchase three basic products:
    • Professional lice removal comb with microgrooves to remove both lice and eggs (nits) – such as Lice Services Canada lice comb.
    • A professional pesticide-free lice shampoo – such as Lice Services Canada (LSC) lice shampoo.
    • Hair Conditioner
  • The most important detail to know is that you MUST remove the eggs. If you do not remove them all they will hatch into lice again and then continue to lay eggs. This will provide additional opportunity for the infestation to spread amongst others and in your home. Something you desperately want to avoid if you can.

What do I do?

  • Make sure to follow the directions on the bottle of LSC shampoo. Apply and massage the product on to the scalp and let it sit for at least 1 hour, providing enough time to kill the adult lice.
  • Next divide the hair into 4 sections (depending on the length of the hair). You should only be working on one section at a time so that you can keep track of which areas you have completed.
  • Add your conditioner to the hair to allow the comb to move smoothly through the hair when removing the lice.
  • After each pass through the hair, wipe the comb on a white paper towel to see what has been removed.  If you are not sure about what you are seeing, send us a picture to assess if you’re correctly getting rid of the lice.
  • Once you have finished combing the entire head you must thoroughly rinse the hair.
  • Making sure the entire family is lice free is very important, but so too is making sure your environment is lice free. To ensure there is not a reoccurrence in your home you should:
    • Vacuum items such as couches, car seats, as well as any helmets.
    • Put these items away for 48 hours.
    • Any items you can put in the dryer, such as clothing and bedsheets, should be put in the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat.
    • Don’t forget to vacuum or clean any child’s toys that may hold the lice (i.e. stuffed animals, dolls, etc.).
  • Two days after the initial treatment it is time to do another comb out of each of those who have been affected by the lice. This time using only conditioner.
  • This step should be repeated again about 3 to 5 days after the initial treatment and repeat this schedule until you have 2 clear comb outs 3 days apart. Not following this protocol may result in a return of the lice!

Sounds like too much for you to handle?

If this process sounds too daunting or you are simply too busy or anxious to follow through on all the steps, then be in touch with our office through email, phone or our website. We can do the work for you in a fraction of the time with our extensively trained, experienced and professional technicians.

Visit our convenient central location or have us come to you! We offer 100% private and confidential assistance to you and your family. We can also provide you with a certified letter to be taken to the child’s school, daycare, camp or nursery school if needed.

You can reach us at: 613-482-1432 or info@liceservicescanada.com

Back to School. Tips on avoiding lice

It’s that time of year again.  New back packs, lunch bags, coloured pencils and head lice!!  Yes head lice.  Yikes no one wants head lice.  So how can you avoid getting it?  A few tips from the experts at Lice Services Canada on how to avoid lice.

  • No sharing hats, brushes and combs.  Remind your children before they go to school to not share and you will have to remind them often.
  • Check your child’s class.  Do they have a dress up box?  Or shared items?  Remind the teacher that this is an area where lice can be spread.
  • Keep your child’s hair in a braid or bun.  This will be very important when they are working in close groups in class.
  • Get your child to place their hat in the sleeve of their coat when at school.
  • Check where your child puts their coat. Is it touching other coats?  Make sure the coats are spaced out or have your child place their coat in another area.
  • Spray your child with a preventative lice spray.  Lice Services Canada has a fantastic Mint Spray that help prevent head lice.

The best way to avoid head lice is to check once a week.  If your child does get head lice it won’t be a progressed case and probably won’t have spread to all the family members. 

If you suspect that your child, or you, has lice, you need to know where to look. Lice love to lay their eggs around the hairline at the neck and the hairline around the ears.  Lint or dandruff can be easily plucked off a hair but eggs are glued on one side of the hair shaft.  These eggs are laid close to the scalp as close as 2mm.

At Lice Services Canada we are The Original Lice Experts and we are here to help.  Not sure it’s lice? Send us a picture for a free diagnosis and expert advice.